I have been rather busy this week by developing and writing recipes for my yoga community at Melissawest.com
We’ll have a Mindful Parenting Retreat next weekend, filled with yoga, meditation, reflection and a lot of other fun stuff to do with your kids, like crafting, massaging and journaling.
And of course food! So I rewrote some recipes from my blog and wrote some new ones too, like bite sized chocolate brownies as a request from Trinity, Melissa’s daughter. I will place the recipe on my blog after the retreat, since it is a surprise till then;-)
For today’s post I have this rather yummie adzuki bean chili for you. A warming winter dish, filled with veggies, herbs and spices. I hope you like it!
Adzuki bean chili with basmati rice (2-3 pers)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, in thin slices
2 carrots, chopped in small cubes
2 celery sticks, in same small cubes
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 15-ounce can of adzuki beans or ½ cup of dried beans soaked overnight and cooked, making 1 ½ cups after cooking
1 15-ounce can of peeled tomatoes
½ -1 can of water
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 splash of red wine (optional)
Spicy herb mixture:
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
¼ -1 tsp of chilli powder or 1 dried chilli
2 tsp mixed green herbs (thyme, oregano, rosemary)
Grind these herbs and mix them with:
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp piment(Dutch name) or allspice
Make the spicy herb mixture first and set aside.
In a big Dutch oven or heavy bottomed stewing pan heat some olive oil and fry onions slowly about 10 minutes, stir once or twice.
Add garlic slices and fry together 3 more minutes.
Add carrot and celery cubes and fry for 10 more minutes.
Stir in fresh ginger, then the herb mix for 1 more minute.
Then add adzuki beans, peeled tomatoes and water (use the tomato can for extra flavour!) salt, cacao powder and the red wine. Bring to a soft simmer and, with the lid on, simmer for about 30 minutes more.
In the meantime cook your basmati rice and maybe make some guacamole. The 3 go very well together! Also a scoop of yoghurt or creme fraiche for the non-vegans is so good.
Serve hot and enjoy!!